Few know better than I that sinking feeling of popping open the computer one morning and finding you’ve been erased – Blogger/Google did that to me almost three years ago now, and my Blogger blog was simply shut down, no warning, no appeal, never to be seen again. All images uploaded (I had over 700) simply vanished and could be be found or rescued. They killed my entire Google account including my gmail address. And all, I believe, because “someone” complained.
The same thing happened to Garm, who was, and still is but not on Blogger, marvelously creative at image reworking and manipulation. I warned him when it happened to me, to no avail. Happily I archived a number of his images which are scattered through the collections on the pages under Galleries up top, and I featured his work in three of the DJs of Porn posts (first, second, and third).
So. What about this Tumblr dustup?
Now Yahoo has bought Tumblr, and for some weeks before the deal was announced, Tumblr had been making the Tumblr porn blogs invisible to search engines, especially Google, by the way it handled the robots.txt file. Sex blogger Bacchus at ErosBlog (not on Tumblr :)) who has been blogging on sex since 2002, has documented this and come up with detailed instructions and a rationale for you all out there in carnal land to back up your porn Tumblr blogs and save them from possible no warning doom. Here is his post reblogged in full, and props to him for taking the time, energy and interest to offer this solution: Continue reading →